Filter Photo hosts an annual call for proposals for the exhibition calendar at Filter Space. We welcome photography proposals of all types, whether traditional or experimental or coming from an emerging curator or a veteran artist. Filter Photo hopes to attract a broad range of proposals that reflect the creative diversity of the contemporary photography community.

Submissions for the 2018 call are now closed.



Accepted proposals will receive:


  • A 4 to 6-week exhibition at Filter Space to take place 2019 – 2020
  • At least 1 exhibition reception, with refreshments provided
  • The opportunity to host an event in conjunction with the exhibition (e.g. a workshop or artist’s talk)
  • Exhibition marketing including printed postcards, an email blast to Filter Photo’s mailing list and other social media promotion
  • A discount of 10% for all exhibition artwork produced through LATITUDE, a nonprofit digital lab that adjoins Filter Space

Important Dates

March 3: Submissions Open

May 6: Submissions are now closed

Mid-May: Exhibition Panel reviews proposals

Late May: Applicants notified of panel’s decisions

2019 – 2020: Exhibitions take place

2018 Exhibition Review Panel

Janice Bond, Independent Artist and Curator

Paul D’amato, Professor, Columbia College Chicago; Editor, Skylark Editions

Karen Irvine, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography

Debra Klomp Ching and Darren Ching, Owners and Directors of Klompching Gallery

Jennifer Murray, Executive Director, Filter Photo

Martha Schneider, Owner and Director, Schneider Gallery

Teresa Silva, Director of Exhibitions & Residencies, Chicago Artists Coalition